The Visions and Voices Initiative emphasizes USC's commitment to interdisciplinary approaches. Check out the spectacular array of events conceived and organized by faculty and schools throughout the university.
The USC Pacific Asia Museum hosts a collection of over 15,000 objects, spanning more than five thousand years, that include rare examples of art and ethnographic objects from Asia and the Pacific Islands.
Asian American theatre collective Artists at Play presents 99 Histories, a powerful story about the bonds between Korean American mothers, daughters, sisters and aunts. In this poignant drama, what is remembered might be made up, and the only homelands that seem to exist are imaginary.
The internationally renowned Australian Ballet will perform Tchaikovsky’s legendary Swan Lake. The story follows Odette, a princess turned into a swan by a sorcerer’s curse, on her quest to break the spell. Join us for an evening of magic, romance and classic beauty.
Dreaming Sin Fronteras (Dreaming without Borders) tells the stories of undocumented youth through music, visual art and testimony. The multimedia event features “DREAMers” from across L.A.; musicians Shawn King (DeVotchKa), Raul Pacheco (Ozomatli), Ceci Bastida (Tijuana NO!) and Stephen Brackett (The Flobots); and art by Favianna Rodriguez.
An intimate musical and theatrical performance combines Emily Dickinson’s texts with settings by composers Aaron Copland, Tom Cipullo, Lori Laitman and Steve Heitzeg. Actress Linda Kelsey, soprano Anne Marie Ketchum and pianist Victoria Kirsch will perform amid scenic design by Bonita Helmer.
The legendary Cicely Tyson returns to the stage after a 30-year absence in a role for which she has already won a Tony. In 1953, a widow decides to realize her dream of returning to her hometown, Bountiful, Texas. Her life-changing journey is masterfully written by Horton Foote.
U.S./Japan-based Eleven Arts, Inc., and its producer/director Ko Mori, True Heart Films and director Tamara Ruppart along with critically acclaimed transnational U.S.-Japan writer Velina Hasu Houston are producing a live-action film about poet Ono no Komachi titled, “Path of Dreams,” with a screenplay written by Houston. Ms. Ruppart, Mr. Mori, and Dr. Houston will discuss their creative project and their inspirations at this event. In addition, they will share poetry written by Komachi read by acclaimed actress Tamlyn Tomita.
Sara and Callie share their first kiss on the New York streets. They are then viciously attacked. Diana Son’s Stop Kiss humorously and heartbreakingly portrays the events surrounding the attack. This beautiful theatrical performance reminds us of the importance of self-discovery and the dangers of repression.